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On Deck: Rivalries, Reunions, and Rays

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

May 3rd 2008 10:00AM by Mullet

A Cubs/Cardinals game on a Saturday afternoon which is aired on national television will always bring back memories of Ryne Sandberg hitting dingers off of Bruce Sutter while Bob Costas freaks out on NBC. Of course, not everything can be like it was in the 80’s. Sandberg is now a coach, the Cardinals no longer wear powder blue uniforms, and Costas is currently teaming with Buzz Bissinger to stop the spread of evil bloggers like us, who didn’t even exist in the 80’s. But one thing is like it was then: Cubs vs. Cardinals on this Saturday afternoon on national television is an important matchup with may help decide the division (even if the division is the N.L. Central, and not the N.L. East as it was in the 80’s).

In the here and now, the Cardinals, who won the first game of this series last night on a Skip Schumaker walk-off home run, will go with the wildly successful Kyle Lohse (3-0, 2.36), while the Cubs hit the field with the not so wildly successful Ted Lilly (1-4, 6.46). In the bullpen, watch out for rookie Kyle McClellan, who has a .211 batting average against, with a 1.72 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP so far this season. (Actually, I only bring up McClellan as an excuse to tell you that on the day that Sandberg hit two HR’s on NBC, McClellan was alive for all of eleven days. Damn, I’m old. And I love the 80’s.)

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